The Ultimate Warrior is the last phase of the Warrior Masterclass and being such, the quality of the combatants on display is incredibly high. There is an energy and a confidence here that can only be achieved by earning it. Having recently attended both a Phase II and Phase III, the improvement in ability is awe inspiring. The amount of growth that’s been achieved in a matter of month is incredible.
Phase IV has got a different atmosphere from the other phases. The Warriors turn up knowing what to expect. They know the instructors, they know each other, and more importantly, they know that they deserve to be here. There’s an easy rapport between all of them. It also helps that there is no assessment on this Phase. There is a written theory test on Phase IV which they get out the way quite early, meaning that there is a more relaxed atmosphere for the rest of the course. This is now a chance to get to grips with new weapon systems and new characters.
The previous phases have been focused on the Knight, Gladiator, Hoplite Thug, and Pirate. Here, our Warriors get to grips with another five characters; The Viking, Ninja, Secret Agent, Musketeer, and Sword Dualist. These new characters require a different approach, especially the Ninja and the Secret Agent, which rely on stealth and subtlety, whilst the Viking is the complete opposite and is full of raw aggression. These characters also represent an exciting opportunity to learn some new weapons. The Ninja re-introduces the nunchucks which were touched upon on Phase III, whilst The Viking brings in perhaps the most dangerous weapon the Warriors have used so far: an axe. It’s not a real axe, but there’s enough heft to it that I really wouldn’t want to be hit by one. To add an extra element of danger, the Warriors also have to wear Viking helmets, which restricts their vision. It makes the routine a hell of a lot tougher, but hey, this is what it’s going to be like on set.